Friday, May 20, 2011

5/19 Roundup and News

This is what happens when you succeed.

LG 10, KIA 2
W - Park Hyeon-joon (7-1), L - Yang Hyeon-jong (4-3)
LG HR - None KIA HR - Shin Jong-gil (2)

LG already held a 3-1 lead when KIA starter Yang Hyeon-jong started to tire in the fifth inning. Yang walked the bases loaded before giving up a two-run single to first baseman Lee Taek-geun. Reliever Lee Sang-hwa wasn't much better. Lee walked two more batters and actually walked in a run before getting left fielder Jeong Eui-yoon to ground out and end the inning.

KIA had some more difficulty in the sixth inning. The KIA bullpen threw batting practice and LG picked up three more runs. DH Park Yong-taek delivered a two-run single to account for most of the damage.

Park Hyeon-joon threw well enough to win, but didn't really dominate while picking up his league leading seventh W. Park threw 5 2/3 innings(105 pitches, 65 strikes) of two-run ball. Park gave up eight hits, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out three.

Samsung 6, Nexen 5
W - Lim Hyeon-joon (2-0), L - Song Shin-yeong (2-1)
Samsung HR - Park Seok-min (3), Choi Hyeong-woo (10) Nexen HR - Cho Jung-geun (1)

Samsung was actually facing a 5-3 deficit for the majority of the game. Samsung slugger Choi Hyeong-woo blasted a solo homer in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 5-4.

The Lions put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth inning. Third baseman Park Seok-min poked a base hit into right field and both runners were able to score. Shortstop Kang Myeong-guh showed good awareness on the play as the lead runner. Kang kicked Park's bat out of the way so the runner on second would have a clear path to slide.

Park Seok-min had a solid day at the plate. Park went 2-5 with a homer and three RBIs. He also received a savage beating when he drove in the winning runs. He was literally lying on the ground with his head covered while his teammates slapped his butt and kicked him(softly) in the ribs.

Lotte 3, SK 2
W - Jang Won-joon (3-2), L - Jim Magrane (1-2), S - Bryan Corey (3)
Lotte HR - Hwang Jae-gyun (2) Lotte HR - None

Lotte third baseman Hwang Jae-gyun broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when he connected for a two-run homer.

SK answered back with a run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double from center fielder Kim Kang-min, but Lotte matched them with an RBI infield single from right fielder Son Ah-seop to make the score 3-1.

Lotte loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but couldn't capitalize.

SK lead off the seventh with a bloop double from first baseman Park Jeong-kwon. It literally fell in between the second baseman and the center fielder and Park never stopped running. After a fly out by pinch hitter Park Jae-hong, right fielder Lim Hoon drew a walk. Shortstop Park Jin-man grounded out to first for the second out, but both runners were able to advance. Center fielder Kim Kang-min hit a ball deep into the hole on the left side and Lotte shortstop Moon Gyu-hyeon couldn't get a handle on it. All runners were safe and SK scored their second run. Second baseman Jeong Geun-woo grounded out to kill the rally.

Lotte reliever Bryan Corey was asked to record a two inning save and he succeeded. Corey gave up two hits and struck out one.

Lotte starter Jang Won-joon threw a great game. Jang tossed 6 2/3 innings(101 pitches, 64 strikes) and allowed both SK runs. Jang gave up four hits and two walks while striking out one. Jang recorded 11 outs via the fly ball.

Hanhwa 2, Doosan 0
W - Kim Hyeok-min (2-1), L - Kim Sun-woo (4-3), S - Oneli Perez (6)
Hanhwa HR - None Doosan HR - None

It's hard to believe that Hanhwa threw a shutout in a game where ace Ryu Hyeon-jin didn't pitch, but we had an old school pitcher's duel last night.

Hanhwa starter Kim Hyeok-min tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings(115 pitches, 68 strikes). Kim gave up three hits and three walks while striking out seven. He had pop ups falling all over the outfield as he recorded nine outs via the fly ball.

Doosan starter Kim Sun-woo wound up as the tough luck loser. Kim threw eight innings(107 pitches, 70 strikes) of one-run(zero earned) baseball. Kim allowed three hits and one walk while striking out two. Kim induced 16 ground ball outs last night.

Hanhwa broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning. Hanhwa catcher Lee Hui-geun reached base when Doosan shortstop Son Si-hyeon first couldn't pick up a sharp grounder and then spiked the throw into the ground. Lee was lifted for a pinch runner and third baseman Lee Yeo-sang laid down a sac bunt to get the runner to second. Son had a little more trouble in the inning when he was able to block a hot smash by center fielder Kang Dong-woo, but again he couldn't pick it cleanly. Son's error put runners on the corners with one out. Hanhwa second baseman Han Sang-hoon poked a single into right to drive in the first Hanhwa run.

Hanhwa added a late insurance run in the ninth inning on a RBI single from shortstop Lee Dae-su.

Oneli Perez recorded the final four outs for the save.

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